Slick Seniors – Michael’s Senior Portraits

A somewhat old friend of the family allowed me the privilege to photograph their graduating Senior for the class of ’10, Michael. Our families go back quite some years, and I remember Michael when he was just about 9 or 10 years old. He’s grown up to be a nice young man. He’s a hard worker, loves his family, is very smart and well read. Ok, I’ll stop now- it sounds like I’m auctioning off a date with him to a crowd of ladies…

Nevertheless, we had a lot of fun with the shoot. We just kind of hung out, cracked jokes and talked about life, like a couple of old friends. His mom dropped him off at the studio and then picked up my mom, and they went out shopping and such, so it afforded us plenty of time to take it easy and makes some great images.

So here’s some of the shots we got that day. I hope the family enjoys them, I sure think they turned out well. If you’re viewing this on Facebook, please go to my Blog to see what the photos are supposed to look like. Facebook always messes with image quality.

Thanks again guys, and we’ll be seeing you around!

Class of 2010 and 2011 Seniors, now’s a great time to book your session. If you don’t want ‘cookie-cutter’ boring portraits for your senior year, come see us at Slick Pix Photography. We’ll have a great time and you’ll love your unique images!


Riyazi and Michelle - June 18, 2010 - 9:10 AM

Excellent shots again Samuel.

Have you been watching Zack Arias on CreativeLIVE? Pose #2 and #4 look like a couple that he did during the course 😀

Love #4 and #6 – nice ones!

Samuel Seth - June 18, 2010 - 7:10 PM

Hey Riyazi! Haven't seen you around in a while. I hope you and your family are doing well.
No, I haven't been watching Zack, although if I had heard about it I probably would have- I love his work!
Thanks for the comments.


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Check, Check…Is this thing on?

Wow, how quickly time flies. I just realized it’s been two months since my last blog post. I haven’t been up to much, just a few weddings and portrait sessions here and there. I really do intend to blog them, but I just get so busy doing other things, then get lazy, and don’t get around to posting my latest work.

I’ll have to save the weddings I’ve done recently for another post, hopefully in the next couple of weeks or so, but we’ll see how my time-management skills meet the challenge.

A couple of months ago Shannon and I got together to do a shoot that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. A 1940’s Pinup Art themed shoot. I’m such a fan of the style from the 40’s and 50’s. Shannon also happens to be a fan of that style. Back then they would paint girls on the noses of fighter planes and bombers during WWII, and they also made quite an appearance in calendars and such.

That said, most of the art was kept relatively family-friendly. And that’s what I was going for. Nothing risqué or inappropriate, but fun, bright, lively portraits that contain the feel of the era before color television and digital photography. Photos that don’t look so much like photos, but images that kind of blur the line between photograph and illustration.

It was my first attempt at this genre, and I think it went pretty well. Shannon LOVED them, and so did all her friends. So I’ll save you further reading and just post some pics.

The bike got cut off in a few shots because we were working in a small one-car garage. Really tight quarters. But the shoot went well, we had fun, and we both are pleased with the result. I see some things to improve on, but that comes with time and experience. I’d like to do some more shoots like this and see what I get.

Hopefully I won’t be MIA for so long. Lets try for another blog post within the next two weeks, whaddya say?

Until then, leave me some blog-lovin’ comments below this post, and hit me up on Facebook!



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Houston Senior Portraits – Senior Rep Kourtney – Session 2

I had another great time shooting Kourtney, my 2010 High school senior rep. The first shoot was in my previous post, and had more of a country setting.

For this shoot, we wanted to do something urban, modern and ultra-cool. I think we accomplished that. We chose a perfect day to shoot- it was a cool Friday evening and the sun was setting just perfectly below the Houston horizon.

I’ve been so busy lately I haven’t had time to finish the rest of these, but they’re finally done, and I’m pleased with the results. If you’re viewing this from Facebook, please check these out on the Blog since Facebook is not nice to photos 🙁
Enough talk. Lets see some photos!

The image below has to be my absolute, hands-down favorite from the entire shoot. We were just about to leave and we were tired, hungry and ready to grub down at Katz’s Deli. I turned around and took one last look at the skyline, and decided I couldn’t let the scene elude me this night. Since it was getting quite dark, I broke out the tripod and after a couple of shots, it was chow time. I knew I had nailed the shot and couldn’t wait to get home to work on it.

I couldn’t have gotten the shots that day without my awesome assistant and V.A.L. Kameron, Kourtney’s older brother. A “V.A.L” is a photog acronym-ism that stands for Voice Activated Lightstand. I believe it was coined by the Strobist blogger, David Hobby. It’s certainly appropriate, since I would vocalize direction, and the V.A.L. would respond by re-positioning the light. Awesome. 🙂
Thanks again Kameron, you did a great job!

I also got some super slick Senior Rep Cards for Kourtney to pass out to classmates and friends. It’s a two-sided card with rounded edges and comes with a trick carrying tin to keep the cards all neat and organized when you carry them around.

Since Kourtney is my Senior Rep, it has my contact information as well as a discount coupon that other Seniors can use when they come to have their portraits done at Slick Pix Photography. I’m going to offer these cards to all Seniors to pass out to their friends, but with less branding and a variety of photos on them.

Like always, feel free to post some comments below, share the link with your friends and suggest my Facebook Fan page to all your friends. Don’t hesitate to contact me to set up an appointment or to book a photo session. I’m looking forward to it!



Anonymous - March 26, 2010 - 4:47 PM

OMGSH!!! I love all these pictures. Your amazing. Like i cant help but to keep looking and looking at them. They all came out so well =D

-Kourtney Martinez

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Kourtney – Senior Rep Class of 2010

I had my first photo session with Kourtney, my High School Senior representative for the class of 2010, Waltrip High School.

A Senior rep is a High School student that works with me (the photographer) on several shoots, creating different looks, ideas and styles resulting in a multitude of photos and different samples of what Seniors can look forward to if they choose to have their Photos done with Slick Pix Photography.

The Rep then takes information about my studio and passes it along to her friends and classmates at school. Referrals get a discount, and depending on how many referrals the Rep brings in, the Rep will get different gifts, from gift cards, to an iPod, and more.

If you think you’d like to be a Rep for your High School, let me know and we can discuss a few things to see if you’re up for the challenge of being a model. I’m scouting for class of 2011-2012 reps too, so if you’re a Sophmore or Jr, I’d love to hear from you.

This was the first session with Kourtney, and the next few will be different settings. We shot the first one around the studio with kind of a country setting. We’ll probably go downtown Houston for the next session for a more urban feel. Stay tuned for more great shots of Kourtney.

The weather was a few notches above awesome, and I had a great time working with Kourtney. She was all smiles, and she actually had a difficult time not smiling. That’s a good thing! I’m looking forward to our next sessions. Here’s a few from our shoot last week.
If you’re reading this from Facebook, please check these out on the blog HERE. Facebook really demolishes the quality of photos :/

Hit me up with some comments below. You know you want to :o)



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Video in the blog!

While culling and processing the photos from Dany and Leslie’s Wedding I realized something. At some parts of the shoot, it almost looks like a stop-motion movie if you flip through them fast enough.

While I don’t employ the “Spray-and-Pray” method of shooting, I do take several shots of one setting with different looks. What’s “Spray-and-Pray” you ask? In the world of Photography, it’s usually a derogatory term used to describe a method some use in which you take an obscene amount of continuous photos hoping (praying) one will turn out nicely, as opposed to carefully framing each shot for light, posing, exposure and so on. However this method is usually the best method in the sports world where waiting on one perfect shot is not practical.

Back to my story- Flipping quickly through these photos gives the effect of semi-fluid motion not unlike old Gumby episodes.
This is the first time I’ve tried making a slide show of a photo shoot, and I kinda like it. The video program I used degraded the image quality pretty harshly, but I think it still looks OK.

The video is encoded in HD, so if you have a fast connection and a decent computer, select the “720p” option at the bottom of the video. It’s about 8-and-a-half minutes, so check it out. If you’re reading this on Facebook, click THIS LINK and check the blog. And as usual, leave me some blog-lovin’ comments at the bottom of the post.


Anonymous - March 3, 2010 - 4:51 AM

This video is great! You really captured those moments as beautiful as they should've. Great music selection/style. I really appreciate the care that was given to this project.- MR

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